Japan-Israel Relations

December 6, 2023

On December 6, commencing at 7:30 p.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit telephone talk with H.E. Mr. Benjamin NETANYAHU, Prime Minister of the State of Israel. The overview is as follows.

  1. With regard to the situation surrounding Israel and Palestine, Prime Minister Kishida stated that Japan has unequivocally condemned the terror attacks by Hamas and others.
  2. Prime Minister Kishida also stated that constant increase in civilian casualties should be avoided and that it is important to calm down the situation as soon as possible to minimize civilian casualties, and to act in accordance with international law, including international humanitarian law. Prime Minister Kishida then stated that Japan supports a “two-state solution” and that it is important for Israel and Palestine to live side by side in peace. In response, Prime Minister Netanyahu explained Israel’s position on its military actions in the Gaza Strip.
  3. In addition, Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed his concerns about the frequent attacks against vessels in the Red Sea and other areas. In response, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his deep concern about the attacks and stated that he unequivocally condemns acts to hinder the free and safe navigation of vessels including the “seizure” of a Japan-related vessel.
  4. The two leaders concurred to continue close communication and cooperation on the situation in the Middle East, including in the Gaza Strip.

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